Why buy a gift card?
To get a discount on golf equipment.
In general it is not smart to pay full price for anything; the best deals are usually from sales and coupons. But there are exceptions. Golf gifts cards are an example.
Golf gifts cards come in lots of forms. You can buy them at the pro shop, of course; they’re useful if you buy a lot of golf equipment and can’t remember to bring the card with you each time you go to the course, or if the shop doesn’t take credit cards. Or you can order them online — those are best for groups or people who don’t often play golf together, but who want something nice for a special occasion.
But nothing beats your local golf store when you want to get something nice without spending money. A gift card from Pinecrest Golf in Savannah, Ga., can get you a gift that’s as good as cash, but costs less than half what a cash purchase might cost. And it means that you have more options when you do spend money: If a new driver goes on sale after Christmas, you can take your holiday bonus and buy one because you have that gift card laying around…
The other great value of gift cards is that they are perfect for selling to people who don’t like to buy things. We sell a lot of golf equipment, and as you know, golfers are a frugal bunch. They don’t want to spend money on things they only use occasionally. And if you’re in the market for golf gear, chances are you already have most of it.
Many of our customers are avid golfers. And because they play a lot, they have saved up plenty of gift cards to Pinecrest. We have sold several hundred cards in 2009 alone to customers who prefer not to spend their hard-earned money on things like golf clubs and balls and bags.
You probably already know how much you enjoy golfing, but chances are good that you don’t have everything you need for the game. You might not even have one set of clubs; if you do, it may be the wrong type or brand. Your personal preference might dictate the style of clubs you hit with best—and that means paying more than $100 for a set you will never use again. Gift cards make great gifts for everyone on your list: friends, family members and co-workers.
In the summertime, when golf season is in full swing and you need to take one last trip to the driving range before hitting the links, it seems like gift cards are everywhere. They’re on sale at a local grocery store and even at the mall. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to buy a gift card. After all, by the time you pay for shipping, it’s cheaper to just buy a gift certificate. But what about that 10 percent discount? Sure, it looks tempting until you realize that it’s just an offer for another gift card.
The truth is, you don’t have to buy gift cards from Pinecrest Golf; there are plenty of other places where you can get them. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in purchasing them from our customers.
We understand your desire to get a great deal and appreciate your loyalty. We are also happy to let Pinecrest Golf customers know about special sales and promotions at other golf shops or online retailers that may be of interest to them.
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A gift card is a great way to give a golfer exactly what they want, without having to think about it. It’s also a good way to make sure they can afford it. Gift cards are like cash in that you can use them to pay for things right away. But they’re like credit in that the amount you can spend depends on the balance remaining.
You might wonder why anyone would spend money on something that takes a long time to use up. Why not just give cash? And you might wonder why anyone would spend money on something that doesn’t seem useful in the first place, as if I were buying a gift card to a sushi restaurant.
Golf clubs are expensive, and golf balls are priced beyond the budget of most people. A set of golf clubs costs between $200 and $400, and you’d need about $2,000 worth of new balls every year for the next 15 years or so. If you buy them with cash, you’ll be stuck with those prices forever. You can’t return them or sell them back to the store when they get boring or old.
But it’s easy to buy some new clubs and go play some golf with them right away—and then use up your last ball within days or weeks,
The most popular golf clubs in the world are the ones that allow you to walk up to a counter, explain what you need, and get a gift card.
This is not because people are stupid, or because they need permission to buy things. It’s because they want to give themselves freedom — freedom from the hassle of researching what they want, choosing where they will buy it, and then going there. They want to just go somewhere and buy it.
It’s not hard to understand why. You spend your life working at something that you don’t like doing. You have a job you hate, or a hobby you can’t stand. You are not good at anything. You have bad relationships with your friends, your partner doesn’t understand you, your kids are rude and disrespectful, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. So why not escape? Why not take a couple weeks off?
You could go someplace exotic like Thailand, where sex workers would be happy to meet you for a drink; but Thailand has sharks. And how long would it take you to find someone who wasn’t? Or how about Bora Bora? There aren’t any golf courses there either. Or perhaps you’d like to go on safari with millions of other tourists
Some gift cards come prepared with a simple little note, like “Dear ___________, enjoy this card. Love, your mother.” Others are more personal. They might say “To my friend _________, who has a lot of front teeth” or simply “To my friend _________.”
I think it’s safe to say that my mother was not the type to write a note like that. I also suspect that she would have been happier with a gift card specifying just how much camera equipment (along with the appropriate lenses) I could use over the gift card’s lifetime.
But these days it’s hard to find anything but the most impersonal of gift cards. The only ones you can choose from are either blank or have someone’s name written in Sharpie on them. They’re too good for your mom, or for Auntie Sue, who is always sending you stuff from her big box from Costco. You know Auntie Sue: she likes things at Costco, but they never last long enough to justify buying her anything more expensive than one of those great deals you get on a bucket of chicken feed and a few rolls of paper towels.